English: “What’s Going On?” September 2016

From Rob Scobey, Senior Producer for International English


Holocaust Survivor

What’s it like to be removed from your home, put on a train, and taken to a prison camp with horrendous conditions—where you await your time to die?

Ernie Gross—who now lives in the U.S.—can answer those questions because it happened to him when he was a teenager. Mr. Gross recounts history that humankind is doomed to repeat if we don’t learn from it. He remembers his time at the Nazi death camp Auschwitz in an interview with Paul Ladd. Your New Life Station will have the interview in five parts on consecutive Mondays, starting September 5th.

The Pacific Rim and Southwest Asia

The Pacific Rim, the Indian subcontinent and southwest Asia provide the reasons Your New Life Station broadcasts the International English Hour. The Pacific Rim is that part of the Eastern Hemisphere that encompasses the English-prevalent countries of the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand. Additionally—English is widely spoken in Indonesia. And English is the official language of government and commerce in the southwest Asian countries of India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

Your New Life Station’s broadcast schedule makes use of Universal Coordinated Time (UTC), a 24-hour system also known as Greenwich Mean Time. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) is four hours behind UTC; Central Time (CDT) is five hours behind. Outside the U.S.—most locations are on standard time all year rather than daylight time. Karachi is five hours ahead of UTC. Mumbai and New Delhi are five-and-a-half hours ahead.  Manila, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Kuala Lampur are eight hours ahead. And Tokyo is nine hours ahead of UTC.

You can also use this website or our listener website, www.knls.org to hear the English Hour if you’re not into shortwave radio. You can also access the broadcast through the KNLS app on your mobile device or through Google or Safari.

The English Hour is the Asian continent’s source for the music of our time and the message of all time. While we work to provide a geographical balance in the topics we feature, news about the USA is of great interest to many listeners around the world. The English Hour does tell stories about life in the United States and the state of Alaska, where the KNLS transmitter is located. Two of the programs are titled The American Highway and Postcard from Alaska. They often include a discussion of “American” principles—principles rooted in Christianity that are universally understood and applied. And our Eye on the World stories often show the interdependence of the Eastern and Western Hemispheres.

Since our target audience is mostly non-Christians, our content is different from a typical Christian format station in America. While we provide our share of positive, uplifting content, some of our programming also provides an honest look at the dark side of life on Earth. Indeed, some program segments may raise questions that a thoughtful truth seeker will ask. And other segments, such as the Bible or Christian lifestyle lessons, serve to answer those questions.

Music to Love

Music is a universal language. Probably 80 per cent of the world’s pop tunes are sung in English, and are enjoyed by people everywhere, many who are themselves not proficient in English. The English hour features your favorite songs of the 80’s, 90’s, and today. International pop charts show that your favorite music is also the favorite of people who are culturally diverse—whether in Nairobi, Sydney, Singapore, or Jakarta.

The songs are pop, rock, r & b, and occasional hip-hop and country music that crosses over to the pop charts. The English Hour generally features music by artists from the U.S., the U.K., Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. Lately, music artists from all over Europe have found their names on or near the top of international pop charts.

In August, English Hour listeners will hear new music from Alessia Cara, Ellie Goulding, Martin Garrix featuring Bebe Rexhan, Mo, One Republic, and Tove Lo.

Souder & Friends

It may bring a smile or it may bring a tear. Award-winning videographer Larry Souder continues his series of fascinating people and interesting places. For the fall season, Larry is working on a visit to the Creation Museum and Noah’s Ark in Petersburg, Kentucky, and on a feature story about a musical based on the experiences of Holocaust survivor Corrie Ten Boom.

News to Know

The English hour features reports about topics of current interest. Marcy Bryan reports about entertainment, business, and religious news. Kelly Ann Monahan has the latest developments in medicine, science, and computer technology. Paul Ladd provides special reports about diverse topics, religious and secular. Doug Poling provides commentary on the news from a Christian perspective on Today’s News & the Good News. And Bob Waliszewski of Focus on the Family provides Plugged-in reviews of the latest movies, music, and computer games.

Upcoming Reports for September 2016:

  • Mariners have dreamed of sailing the Northwest Passage. Now, thanks to climate change, a luxury ship will attempt the icy voyage. Dermot Cole reports.
  • Dermot also reports, due to climate change, that the ground is literally eroding out from under the 600 residents of Alaska’s Shishmoreth Island. Can anyone come up with the $100 million needed to move the villagers to the mainland?
  • Not everyone enjoys consonant (harmonic) music. Kelly Ann Monahan reports about people who prefer dissonant (not-so-harmonic) music.
  • Kelly Ann also reports about an antibiotic found in the noses of some people, the effects of radiation on astronauts, and some of the earliest forms of cancer.
  • What made GPS systems in Australia malfunction recently? Doug Poling has the answer, which may surprise you on Today’s News & the Good News.
  • The bride’s father was deceased. So he couldn’t walk her down the aisle. Or could he? Doug also reports this heartwarming story.
  • Aircraft manufacturer Boeing projects that the airline industry will need to fill thousands of jobs in the next several years. Marcy Bryan reports.
  • Marcy also reports the latest numbers on the worldwide usage of Facebook.
  • Bob Waliszewski reviews, for family friendliness, the movies Pete’s Dragon, Ben Hur (2016) and Suicide Squad and the pop music songs “Church Bells” by Carrie Underwood and “Rise” by Katy Perry.

A Message to Live

This is what we’re about and why we’re on the air and on the internet. Our mission is to present the lessons of the Bible, including and emphasizing the Good News in an interesting, non-threatening way.

Ongoing Series

  • Andy Baker’s Prayer Lesson
  • Author’s Journal with Dick Brackett
  • Creation Moments with Ian Taylor
  • Direction with Rubel Shelly
  • Eye on Religion-Archaeology Emphasis with Marcy Bryan
  • Family Minute with Brit Ryan
  • First Person with Paul Ladd
  • God’s Money with Steve Maganelles and Don White
  • Groundwire with Sean Dunn
  • I Love Life with Jerry Dahmen
  • Life Stories with Joe Norris
  • Living with Conflict with Greg Taylor
  • Profiles of the New Testament with Bob Borquez
  • Refiner’s Fire with Paul Ladd
  • The Big Picture with Steve Diggs
  • The God Who Makes Himself Known with Bill Young
  • True Stories of the Bible with Bill Steensland
  • Unexpected Gifts with Bob Borquez
  • Unforgettable Conversations with Larry Souder

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